Book: The Future of Reputation

Recommended book: The Future of Reputation by Daniel J. Solove.

I’ve often been astounded by the kinds of information that people reveal about themselves in social networks. Sometimes it’s incredibly personal information and other times it’s how they behave and the words they use. Profanity is common. And not just with teens but with adults who know their colleagues are listening.

Within the GetElemental™ Innovation Design Model you will find six discipline areas. From left to right, they are:

  • Task analysis
  • Circumstance analysis
  • Gamification analysis
  • Information architecture
  • Interaction design
  • Usability analysis

This book recommendation fits within the information architecture column as Mr. Solove clearly makes the case that this is where we influence user behavior. Having said that, anything touching social networks is connected to gamification so I’ve placed it there as well.

Mr. Solove dives into all the reasons we should be careful with how much information we divulge about ourselves. He talks about where the internet is and where it needs to go in terms of reputation, behavior, and privacy law. This greatly affects how we design Internet spaces.

I highly recommend it to those of us designing social network spaces!